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DC Comics and Warner Bros. Forms New Film Division: DC Entertainment

New Company to Develop DC Characters to Film and TV

Sep 09, 2009 DC Comics Bookmark and Share

DC Comics has a rich 74-year history of characters, many of which have remained untapped when it comes to theatrical films or live action TV shows. While Superman has had five feature films and Batman has been portrayed in seven live action big screen adventures (if you count the 1960s Adam West Batman film), many iconic characters have languished in film development hell, including Wonder Woman and The Flash. DC and Warner Bros. (who are both owned by the same Time Warner parent company) have now taken a page from rival Marvel Comics’ book and are forming a separate company named DC Entertainment that will help develop DC’s characters into other entertainment mediums, especially films and television shows. Marvel was recently bought by Disney, but even before that they had their own film division.

Paul Levitz, the President and Publisher of DC Comics, will now move over to DC Entertainment as a writer, contributing editor, and overall consultant. Warner Bros. already have some DC films in the works, including ones based on such characters and titles as Jonah Hex (which has finished filming, with Josh Brolin in the title role), Green Lantern (in which Ryan Reynolds will star), Lobo (to be directed by Guy Ritchie), The Losers, and Human Target (a new Fox TV show starring Mark Valley debuting in mid-season).

All of this was announced today in a press release posted on DC’s website today. You can read the full announcement on their site here.

If done right, there are tons of DC characters who could make for fascinating film characters, but obviously the recent history of superhero films is a mixed back.

(Via Ain’t It Cool)


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